The Maltese Islands
Malta is a small, resourceful island anchored in the clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea, situated just 90 km south of Sicily and 300 km north of Africa. Just over 316 km2, the Maltese Islands comprise three small islands, Malta, Gozo and Comino. Malta is mostly described as a modern nation with ancient roots and has been home to a wide range of civilisations over its 7,000 years of history. Its strategic position between Europe and Africa made it a key possession for its many settlers and conquerors: from the Neolithic men to the Ancient Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Knights of St John, French, and the British.